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post #1 of 17 Old 03-21-2014, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Opinion on Strangles Vaccine

We just had a barn about an hour away from have confirmed cases of strangles. Normally wouldn't bother me but I have an onsite tack shop, no one from that barn has came here but that means very little. Most people don't show up in barn clothes either.

But I've heard bad things about vaccine for strangles, one local vet wants to give it too all his patients, I use another vet and she hasn't mentioned about getting it. Is it worth the risk, is there really a risk? My horse stays on site, and I wash boots, clothes if I've been to another barn or farm, since losing my first horse I'm careful of those things. But with other people coming to the property is that a risk? Also my horse has had reactions to other medications and vaccines, from simple swelling to difficult breathing and sever edema, so extra's always put me on edge.

She is 15 years old and has been shown and traveled before I got her 3 years ago, if it makes a difference.

I plan on getting a hold of my vet tomorrow once she's back at the office in my area (she works at two different offices as a small animal vet too), and ask but of course I'm over thinking it now.

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-21-2014, 11:05 AM
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I've heard bad things about the Strangles vaccine as well I didn't give it to my horse either tho I did not have an out break in my area this year thank goodness! You know your horse more then anybody else. Maybe try to find professinol opinion on the vaccine

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My vet gave the strangles vaccine (nasal) to all of the horses at my barn when I used to board at a show stable. Never knew there were any risks involved. All of my horses are just fine
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Our vet recommends the vaccine only to the two horses we take camping since they will be in corrals previously occupied.

As long as your barn is private (no borders) and people cannot go from your tack shop into the barn I may not be too concerned but I certainly would talk to your vet.

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post #5 of 17 Old 03-21-2014, 11:56 AM
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With your common sense hygienic practices the chances of your horse getting strangles are likely 0.
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-21-2014, 12:08 PM
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If you do get the vaccine get the intranasal one. I've yet to hear or see any bad from that one. All the horses at my barn get it since we're a show barn and travel often and host shows.
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-21-2014, 12:22 PM
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I give my young horses the strangles vaccine until they are 5. Since I started doing that I have not had a case even when I have had boarder's horses come down with it. Your mare is 15 and has been around the block a time or two. She more than likely has a decent immunity to strangles just because she has been exposed at some point. She might of also had it prior to you getting her. Do what you can but I wouldn't worry about it.
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The horses at my barn get the intranasal version, since it's a large boarding barn and there are frequently new horses, horses traveling to trails/shows/etc. I've never heard of any of them having a bad reaction to the vaccine, though IIRC the strangles vaccine isn't anywhere near 100% effective.

In your situation I probably wouldn't risk the vaccination if she's reacted badly to stuff in the past and you're confident in your "quarantine" from on-site visitors.
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post #9 of 17 Old 03-21-2014, 12:55 PM
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I've never heard of a reaction to the vaccine. Our horses pretty much stay on our property. Rarely do new horses come here.

If you board at a stable or go to shows, I would get them vaccinated.

Strangles is transmitted by fluid like snot and saliva. It can stay infectious for days. So if your horse is going to be around areas where other horses have been, you should vaccinate. I don't know how transmitable it would be from horse onto a human to your horses, such as visitors to your place. Unless they get cover by saliva from an infected horse and go directly to messing with your horses.
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post #10 of 17 Old 03-21-2014, 12:57 PM
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I wouldn't do the injection, it's notorious for site reactions and abscesses. I have used the IN one several times with no bad reactions, even on horses who reacted to the IM one.

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